KAR Laboratories
Drinking Water Test Kits

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Oldest and most trusted professional testing laboratoryOver 60 years of laboratory testing service

Oldest and most trusted professional testing laboratory12,000 kits shipped & 1.2 million water tests reported since 2011

Oldest and most trusted professional testing laboratoryBBB rated A+ and complaint-free KAR Labs is a member of the Better Business Bureau

Oldest and most trusted professional testing laboratory5-star Excellence Award Winner

U.S.EPA Lab Cert. #0047 - MDEQ Lab Cert. #0047 - ISDH Lab Cert. #C-MI-04

Kit90
Kit90 Info
Kit180
Kit180 Info
Kit270
Kit270 Info
Kit360
Kit360 Info

96 TESTS

 

218 TESTS
+ up to 20 TICs if present
= up to 238 Tests

269 TESTS
+ up to 20 TICs if present
= up to 289 Tests

323 TESTS
+ up to 40 TICs if present
= up to 363 Tests

in 2 BUSINESS DAYS or less

in 5 BUSINESS DAYS
or less

in 8 BUSINESS DAYS
or less

in 10 BUSINESS DAYS
or less

Prepaid shipping both ways to 48 states (all 50 states for Kit90). Sorry, we currently only ship to the USA

Click the "Buy Now" button and we'll ship your kit no later than the next business day

       

NOTICE: DRINKING WATER AND WELL WATER ONLY

THERE WILL BE NO TEST RESULTS AND NO REFUND FOR SAMPLES SUCH AS LAKE, POND, STREAM, PUDDLE, FISH TANK, POOL, HOT TUB, WASTEWATER, COOLING WATER, PROCESS WATER, BRINE, BEVERAGES, RECIPES, ETC. THESE CAN CAUSE SERIOUS DAMAGE TO LABORATORY INSTRUMENTATION AND ALL SAMPLES ARE PRE-SCREENED AS A PRECAUTION. IF IT'S NOT DRINKING WATER QUALITY, WE CANNOT TEST FOR THE LOW PRICE OF THESE KITS

       

NOTICE: FOR INFORMATIONAL USE ONLY

DRINKING WATER TEST KITS CANNOT BE USED FOR LOCAL, STATE, OR FEDERAL REGULATORY, COMPLIANCE, PROPERTY LOANS AND/OR PROPERTY TRANSFERS IN MOST CASES DUE TO SAMPLE COLLECTION REQUIREMENTS, TEST METHOD MODIFICATIONS AND VARYING LOCAL REGULATIONS

       

RETURN POLICY

100% of the purchase price will be refunded if returned unopened and unused within 30 days. Once the kit box is opened, it becomes "used", and is unsellable due to potential contamination of the sample bottles. Buyer is responsible for return shipping.

       
Kit90 is the original and most requested Kit, with over 12,000 sold to satisfied customers since 2011

Kit180 includes all tests from
Kit90
plus VOCs

Kit270 includes all tests from
Kit90, Kit180
plus pesticides & PCBs

Kit360 includes all tests from
Kit90, Kit180, Kit270
plus more tests than any kit we know of

KEY BACTERIA, WATER PROPERTIES, WATER QUALITY IONS, NUTRIENTS, MINERALS, METALS & HEAVY METALS

 

KEY BACTERIA, WATER PROPERTIES, WATER QUALITY IONS, NUTRIENTS, MINERALS, METALS & HEAVY METALS, PLUS VOCs and VOC TICs

KEY BACTERIA, WATER PROPERTIES, WATER QUALITY IONS, NUTRIENTS, MINERALS, METALS & HEAVY METALS, VOCs, VOC TICs, PLUS PESTICIDES AND PCBs

COMPREHENSIVE PANORAMIC VIEW OF YOUR WATER. KEY BACTERIA, WATER QUALITY, IONS, NUTRIENTS, MINERALS, METALS & HEAVY METALS, VOCs, VOC TICs, PESTICIDES, PCBs, PLUS SVOCs, SYNTHETIC ORGANICS,  PHTHALATES & ADIPATES (PLASTICIZERS), PNAs, DIESEL-RANGE ORGANICS, SVOC TICs, TOC, AND MORE

Greatly informative yet affordable well water and municipal water test kit with the fastest results. An outstanding and unmatched contaminant list. Includes bacteria and important water quality tests that are indicators of deeper problems.  Also, a huge target list of metals and heavy metals including Uranium, the parent element and indicator of Radon and Radium. Also included is one of our most commonly detected contaminants, Lead, and the Corrosivity test to determine if your water tends to leach Lead from pipes, or protect (coat) the pipes.

This kit is perfect for the analysis of water used in brewing beer as well as water used in other foods and beverages

The most copied testing kit. A competitor sells something similar with fewer tests, nearly double the cost and much longer turnaround time for results, and actually claims on their website we're losing money. Now that's a great endorsement! It's our best value kit with the lowest cost-per-test (under 50 cents). An outstanding and unmatched contaminant list. Includes bacteria and important water quality tests that are indicators of deeper problems.  Also, a huge target list of metals and heavy metals including Uranium, the parent element and indicator of Radon and Radium. This kit includes 120 VOCs, many of which are carcinogens and/or mutagens, disinfectant byproducts, evidence of fuel and/or industrial cleaning fluids, solvents, pharmaceutical precursors, fracking and horizontal drilling indicators

If you're concerned with pesticides and PCBs (and many should be), this kit is it. It has similar test groups to what's offered in other high-end well water lab testing kits, only this kit has far, far more contaminants, it's more accurate, is a lot faster, and costs less too. An outstanding and unmatched contaminant list. Includes bacteria and important water quality tests that are indicators of deeper problems.  Also, a huge target list of metals and heavy metals including Uranium, the parent element and indicator of Radon and Radium. There's a whopping 120 VOCs evidencing fuel and/or industrial cleaning fluids and pharmaceutical precursors, fracking and horizontal drilling. Finally, with crucial and widely used (and abused) Pesticides and PCBs and Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

Elite and Ultimate, the safest and most complete chemical and microbiological water test kit with the broadest possible coverage and fastest and most consistent turnaround. Includes everything in ALL of the other kits. An outstanding and unmatched contaminant list. Includes bacteria and important water quality tests that are indicators of deeper problems.  Also, a huge target list of metals and heavy metals including Uranium, the parent element and indicator of Radon and Radium. There's an unmatched 120-hit list of carcinogenic and/or mutagenic VOCs, fracking and horizontal drilling indicators.  Includes polynuclear aromatics, phthalate esters (plasticizers) and synthetic organic chemicals. Also an astoundingly wide array of organic contaminants including diesel range organics (DRO) and our largest list of Pesticides and PCB's. Unique in the industry, this kit offers Organic Carbon using a TOC analyzer which  detects any and all possible non-purgeable organic contaminants, even pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) at high levels. The TOC test is non-specific, providing  the total amount of organic carbon present.  Also includes all USEPA Priority Pollutants and nearly all of the 'Dirty Dozen' Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).  The approx. 24-page lab report for this test kit is loaded with test results keyed to their respective USEPA drinking water standards, plus several additional pages for further explanations and treatment if necessary

       
Kit90 tests for 20 of 28 Kit180 tests for 26 of 28 Kit270 tests for 26 of 28 Kit360 tests for 26 of 28
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...described in "Water Wells in Proximity to Natural Gas or Oil Development"

Kit90 Tests:

Bacteria (2)

Water Quality Tests, Nutrients & Minerals (24)

Metals & Heavy Metals (70)

Kit180 Tests:

Kit90 tests

plus...

Volatile Organic Compounds (120)

Trihalomethanes/
Disinfectant Byproducts (5)

Refrigerants & Freons (5)

VOC TICs (up to 20)

Gasoline Indicator Parameters (14 GIPs)

Gasoline Oxygenates (9)

Gasoline Range Organics (GRO)

Kit270 Tests:

Kit90 tests

Kit180 tests

plus...

Pesticides (40)

PCBs (10)

 

Kit360 Tests:

Kit90 tests

Kit180 tests

Kit270 tests

plus...

Semi-Volatile & Synthetic Organics (79)

Polynuclear Aromatics (16)

Adipates (emollient/plasticizer)

Phthalates (plasticizers)

Nitrophenols

Chlorophenols

VOA TICs (up to 20)

SVOA TICs (up to 20)

Diesel Range Organics (DRO)

Total Organic Carbon TOC (NPOC)

Kit90 example lab report
Kit90 Example
Lab Report
Kit180 example lab report
Kit180 Example
Lab Report
Kit270 example lab report
Kit270 Example
Lab Report
Kit360 example lab report
Kit360 Example
Lab Report

Is your water safe? Are you sure? You'll never know if you play chemist at home using test strips and/or colored water. If they worked, they'd have USEPA approval decades ago! D.I.Y. water test kits cannot reliably detect harmful ultra-trace levels of chemicals, and they lack the accuracy necessary for a meaningful result. They're also known to give false positives, making you believe that something is terribly wrong with your water when it may be just fine. Not convinced? Search online for the goodhousekeeping.com drinking water test kit review to learn how unreliable many D.I.Y. kits can be. Beware of  free water tests. Most of these companies test for less than a half dozen water parameters such as pH, hardness, iron, chlorine and very rarely provide any contaminant coverage at all - they just want to sell you their water treatment equipment. Companies with good intentions use KAR Labs.

No testing kit - no matter the cost - can detect everything that could possibly be in your water. That only happens on TV, in Hollywood, or from those who ignore the science. That's why you should consider buying a kit that has the largest number of tests while including as many non-target contaminants as possible. Check out Kit360 -there's nothing like it anywhere, at any price.

The best drinking water kit, anywhere It takes modern sophisticated laboratory testing equipment operated by experienced  professionals to meet sensitivity and quality requirements. This is why the USEPA recommends annual testing of your drinking water by a certified laboratory. Our degreed professional chemists average over 17 years of water testing experience. Although most of our laboratory work is related to industrial and municipal contract testing, we have a solid history of assisting private citizens with water concerns. This kit was developed based upon decades of water concerns from people just like you.

Backed by over 60 years in the laboratory testing business, a combined 265 years of testing experience, over 1 million water tests performed and over 12,000 kits shipped since 2011, these test kits are designed to be an easy, fast, accurate, sensitive, and affordable way to monitor the purity of our precious water resource. If you suspect there may be other chemicals in your water, please contact us for further testing or contact your local health department for information on contaminants specific to your area. Odds are, these special kits already test for whatever might be of concern. And that's why you need a kit that covers as many scenarios as possible. Nobody provides more tests in one kit. You've come to the right place.

 

How-To Sample Video - 3 minutes with Rachel

 

Contaminants and pollutants in drinking water WE ARE THE LAB
Be careful when choosing a test kit. Many sellers are just marketing companies and most will go to great lengths to hide the fact that they don't actually own, operate, or control a laboratory. A middleman like this will give science a backseat to profits. One prominent kit reseller spends only 40% of their kit price on lab testing, while the other 60% goes to advertising and profit - neither of which benefits you. Research a company first, before sending them your hard-earned money. The more you shop around, the greater the chance becomes that you'll end up right back here. The choice is clear. A good place to start is the Better Business Bureau KAR Labs is a member of the Better Business Bureau

Watch out for kits advertised as "lab certified", tricking you to think they're certified by a proper authority. Some kit resellers have partnered with us to sincerely provide the best solution for their clients, while others just mark up the price. There was even an eBay seller advertising our kits at a substantial markup. Almost daily, we hear from resellers requesting wholesale pricing. They hate our prices being too low to allow for wholesale pricing. So instead, they buy kits from our competitors at wholesale prices so they can resell at 50% markup. To the consumer, it appears to be the same price from both sources. It's a rip-off to you - the end user - either way. Smart shoppers buy directly from us, the source - 24/7/365.

 

What's in the kit?

  •  Sample bottles and caps for ONE (1) water sample
  •  Instruction Sheet
  •  Sample Information Form for your contact info
  •  Prepaid shipping label and packaging (both ways)
 

About us: KAR Laboratories is a real brick & mortar, licensed, private, professional testing lab, 100% owned by full-time employees.  We're all degreed and trained scientists. There's no Wall Street investor influence and no 3rd party mandates. Being a small business allows us to focus on you our client, the quality of the data, and good science above all, without executives in a remote city demanding higher profits and less payroll. KAR Laboratories, Inc. has been providing quality laboratory testing services in the same Midwest city for over 60 years and 32 years at our 20,000 sq. ft. custom built laboratory. The lab has been USEPA certified for 31 years. The president and CEO is a degreed analytical chemist serving full time in the water testing laboratory for 38 years and has worked every aspect of the business. He refuses buyout requests almost weekly. We understand what you want and we understand what you need. In 2016 alone, over 5000 water test kits were sold to proactive, responsible people just like you.

About turnaround time: Our top three competitors claim turnaround time from 10 to 20 business days. A month is a very long wait for lab results. Some labs don't even mention turnaround time while others only claim to be fast but can't prove it. KAR has averaged 99.6% on-time in the past two years:

Water test kits in 2016
   reports issued: 5526
   reports on-time: 5507
   reports 1 day late: 16
   reports 2 days late: 3
   reports over 2 days late: 0
  
report on-time: 99.7 %
Water test kits in 2015
   reports issued: 2092
   reports on-time: 2073
   reports 1 day late: 10
   reports 2 days late: 9
   reports over 2 days late: 0
  
report on-time: 99.1 %

 

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*KAR Laboratories, Inc. maintains U.S. EPA Drinking Water Certification for: Organic Chemistry (Full Certification), Total Trihalomethanes (THMs), Regulated and Unregulated Volatile Organic Chemicals Benzene, Carbon tetrachloride, Chlorobenzene, 1,2-Dibromo-3-chloropropane (DBCP), o-Dichlorobenzene, p-Dichlorobenzene, 1,2-Dichloroethane, 1,1-Dichloroethylene, cis-1,2-Dichloroethylene, trans-1,2-Dichloroethylene, Dichloromethane (Methylene chloride), 1,2-Dichloropropane, Ethylbenzene, Ethylene dibromide (EDB), Hexachlorobenzene, Hexachlorocyclopentadiene, Styrene, Tetrachloroethylene, Toluene, 1,2,4-Trichlorobenzene, 1,1,1-Trichloroethane, 1,1,2-Trichloroethane, Trichloroethylene, Vinyl chloride, Xylenes, Regulated and Unregulated Synthetic Organic Chemicals, Regulated and Unregulated Inorganic Chemicals,  Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB) screening, Total Organic Carbon, 2,4-D, 2,4,5-TP (Silvex), Alachlor, Aldrin, Atrazine, Benzo(a)pyrene, Butachlor, Chlordane, Dalapon, Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate, Di(2-ethylhexyl)adipate, Dicamba, Dieldrin, Dinoseb, Endrin, Heptachlor, Heptachlor epoxide, Lindane, Methoxychlor, Metolachlor, Metribuzin, Pentachlorophenol, Picloram, Propachlor, Simazine, Toxaphene, Microbiology (Full Certification), Inorganic Chemistry (Full Certification) including Cyanide, Bromide, Fluoride, Nitrate, Nitrite, Sulfate, Metals including Antimony, Arsenic, Barium, Beryllium, Cadmium, Chromium, Copper, Lead, Mercury, Nickel, Selenium, Sodium, Thallium

Our U.S. EPA laboratory certification has never lapsed, has never been provisionally certified, never suspended and never revoked in the 31 years that we've been certified.

DRINKING WATER TEST KITS CANNOT BE USED FOR LOCAL, STATE, OR FEDERAL REGULATORY, COMPLIANCE, PROPERTY LOANS AND/OR PROPERTY TRANSFERS IN MOST CASES DUE TO SAMPLE COLLECTION REQUIREMENTS AND/OR VARYING LOCAL REGULATIONS


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